Monday, July 28, 2014

Exploring Space with Rosalita's Puppets'

This past Thursday, the well known puppeteer, Charlotte Anne Dore and her puppet’s took the audience to a planet they have never been to before. Two scientists, Rosalita and Simon built a spaceship that sent them to “Robot Planet” where all the Robots live. Robot Planet and “Robot City” were threatened by the metal eating bug that had appeared from earth, onto their planet.

Sometimes it’s extremely hard to make learning about science fun. However, Rosalita’s Puppets’ were an absolute hit. From the children’s laughs, to learning about static electricity and opposites attracting, Rosalita and her puppets’ put on a spacetastic show.

Rosalita kept her audience interested by incorporating them into her show by asking questions, and asking them to sing along. “Is the metal eating bug behind Simon?” Rosalita asked, and all the children would chant “YES!" "Watch out for the metal eating bug”!! A young girl yelled in the audience.

This allowed children to feel excited and involved. Trying to figure out how to get rid of the bug, Rosalita told her audience a little bit about Science. She was able to teach the children in a fun and exciting way.  Incorporating a sing along, and using a large spoon as a magnet letting the children know that opposites attract, while similar charges repel. The friction from the spoon was able to “eat” away the metal eating bug, and the children chanted and applauded as the evil bug disappeared.

Not only did Rosalita’s performance go on during “Space” Drop-In Day, but so did many exciting activities and experiments. The kids were able to color their own rocket and launch their rocket made out of paper cups all the way into the air from the power of the rubber bands. The children’s face lit up as they realized it really worked. Some children preferred launching their “rocket” by air power, and that’s why they made theirs out of straws, instead of cups.   


The flying saucer activity was also a big hit. After you made your flying saucer out of plates, you could fly it into circles filled with all eight of the different planets. This young girl had a blast trying to get her flying saucer into planet Mercury!

If you missed this Summer Drop in, or are looking for more fun click here for more Summer Drop in info!

- Written by Kiley Farrell PR intern

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Fun for Everyone: Tie Dye, Magic, and Smiling Faces

Summer can be a fun but difficult time. The weather is nice, there are tasty cold treats, and beach trips can consume your weekends. However, in between enjoying all the summer fun there are days when children get bored and antsy. Sometimes playing at home isn’t enough for them and they want to do more.

Every Thursday and Friday the Museum hosts its Summer Drop in Days that bring fun to a whole new level! All drop in day events are free with Museum admission, and each Drop in Day is centered on a different topic.  Performers and different creatures visit the Museum and teach kids about a variety of different topics. Princess, Pirates, Puppies, and snakes are all great examples of the different types of visitors the Museum gets on Drop in Days.
 All of our Drop in Days include hands on craft activities like our Tie Dye day. July 10th visitors of the Museum got to tie dye shirts with assistance from our helpful volunteers. The tie-dying took place from 9am-3pm in the Museum’s outdoor space The Wild Place. Visitors had a blast learning how to tie dye. In addition to being a fun activity children also learned the importance of following rules and being patient. 
After tie-dying families toured the Museum indoors and outdoors where they continued to have more fun! Some kids chose to play with dinosaurs, some decided to build cool new contraptions and some slid down the fire pole, but by the end of the day everyone left here happy and satisfied!

We also recently had an incredible magic show performed by the Amazing Magic Matt! Matt is also the official magician for the Boston Red Sox, so if you go to a game this summer keep an eye out for him! Matt’s show included so many amazing magic tricks involving ribbons, balloons, cards and many more interesting objects. Many kids who attended said some of their favorite parts were Matt’s egg trick and card trick. With help from the crowd Magic Matt put on a show that everyone would remember.

Matt was the experienced magician on stage but plenty of his little helpers seemed to have what it took to be a magician superstar! Brody was in attendance for the second show and had actually served as one of Matt’s helpers! Though the “Knot trick” was his favorite, when I spoke with Brody he said he had a fun time on stage and loved everyone clapping for him. As someone who seemed very shy when I spoke to him, he lit up the crowd with excitement with his humor and energy. Brody loved the magic show so much he hopes to maybe try some tricks at home! Brody is a perfect example of magic Matt’s wise words. “Everyone has a little pixie dust” and as long as Brody has his he’ll continue to make people happy. 

If you missed this Summer Drop in, or are looking for more fun click here for more Summer Drop in info!

*Written by Love Boussiquot PR intern